Is your glass half full or half empty? Well, for Happy Glass it doesn’t matter. Only a full glass is a half full glass, if you know what I mean
Happy Glass is a drawing puzzle game, in which you have to make an empty glass happy, obviously. You do that by drawing out a structure which will direct the spilling water right into it. Your glass is not an ordinary, everyday glass, no, it has a smiley face on it! And, by completing levels and earning coins, you’ll be able to unlock new smiley faces, new water colors and even drawing textures. Neat, right? But, to fully progress in this game, you need to be really good. Each level is rated with stars, and you can win 3 of them per level. You’ll need those, so don’t be so satisfied with levels you get one star for completing them.
In order to unlock new chapters, you have to collect as many stars as possible. When you decide to rest from drawing, try spinning the wheel to get some valuable rewards. That’s an easy way to overcome the difficulty curve, which sometimes seems really harsh, almost, if not entirely, impossible. If spinning doesn’t work, maybe you’ll want to spend some cash to get a bunch of coins and use hints all the time. I’m sure the developers would love that!
How do you make that spilling water go your way, you may wonder? Well, you use a pen in order to draw a path for it. But, before thinking it’s way too easy, keep in mind a few things. First, the gravity. Yeah, forgot about the damn thing, right? Primary school was so long ago, huh? Whatever you draw, it will fall until it reaches an unmovable object – the surroundings. These are sometimes designed to help you reach your goal, but often more to serve as an obstacle. How to fill that gap if your perfectly drawn line keeps falling off the stage? Or how to keep your glass (which starts in mid air) still enough to fill it properly? These are the types of things you’ll have to think through while solving demanding puzzles this game has to offer.
Second circumstance you need to keep an eye for is the so called ink, although you use a pencil in the game. So, you need to complete your objective with as less ink usage as possible. If you happen to overdo it, you may still complete the level, but loose a star or two. And I’ve mentioned how important this can be. Luckily, there are hints available. You know what they say, the first one’s always free. After the initial one, these come in really costly. Hundred coins a piece. To be honest, it does solve the whole level for you. You’ll get a solution drawn in dotted dash line, which you simply have to follow as close as possible while drawing. You can always finish a level with one star and watch an ad to get the rest, though. However, random ads are not so frequent in this game.
The idea behind the visual appeal of the game was, I guess, for it to look as true to a real notebook it can be. And I believe success is obvious in that field. Just look at the screenshots. If you have an unsteady hand, even the drawings will look like they were made during a really boring primary school class. If you unlock new pens, drawing patterns, water colors and progress to newer chapters, it gets more and more colorful. The sound is, however, not that impressive. Water filling the glass sounds like someone really thirsty gulping it. Music is either non existing or not noticeable enough.
- Sometimes hard to the extent that you may think it’s made unsolvable on purpose, in order to make you spend your cash.